Kohlrabi and parsley salad

kohlrabi and parsley salad on a white plate

Market ingredient: Kohlrabi
Difficulty: Easy
Deliciousness: Fresh and simple
Did The Beard like it? It tastes like it should be cooked, but it was delicious.

So with this blog being all about cooking or preparing something that I’ve never used before, here comes another one of those “I’ve definitely never cooked with that before” post. In fact, I didn’t even know what this vegetable was. Kohlrabi, with a texture like radish and a taste not dissimilar to raw broccoli or cabbage, is an interesting looking veggie. We stood for a while chatting to the stall owner about it as I had zero idea what to do with it.

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Caprese salad

Caprese salad on a white plate
Market ingredient:
 Buffalo mozzarella
Difficulty: No cooking required
Deliciousness: An oldie but a goodie
Did The Beard like it? Things that make you go MMMMMM

So this is a pretty simple one, but more often than not, these are the best ones. There’s nothing more Italian than a caprese salad. Tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella. An Italian flag of deliciousness. Seeing as I’m on a bit of a buffalo bonanza at the moment, it seemed an appropriate way to utilise the buffalo mozzarella I picked up from AusBuff Stuff at Eveleigh last week. The simple, clean and crisp flavours of fresh tomatos and home-grown basil perfectly compliment the subtle creaminess of the mozzarella.

This salad needs no further introduction.

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Blood orange & fennel salad

Blood orange and fennel salad

Market ingredient: Blood Oranges from Block 11 Organics
Difficulty: Simpletown
Deliciousness: Clean and crisp
Did The Beard like it? I don’t know if I would have liked it as a stand alone entree, but it makes for a perfect side.

Oranges are a fruit that I tend to forget just how much I enjoy and during Winter you are lucky enough to be able to find juicey, sweet blood oranges. Called so because of their crimson flesh, I believe they are quite popular in the southern mediterranean regions of Italy & Spain. I actually think they are stunning visually. I love the look of the pinky flesh of the cut orange and they look amazing scattered through salads.

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